Iowa and New Hampshire Voters Show Medicare for All and Climate Crisis Top Issues for Democrats in 2020

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    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/12/iowa-and-new-hampshire-voters-show-medicare-all-and-climate-crisis-top-issues

    Waleed Shahid, who worked on Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and is now a spokesperson for the progressive group Justice Democrats, highlighted the Post’s New Hampshire polling in a Tuesday night tweet, noting that Sanders won the state’s largest share of voters who selected healthcare as the most important issue.

    Healthcare is a key topic that sets Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) apart from the other candidates in the race. Although they have different plans, both senators support replacing the nation’s current for-profit system with a Medicare for All program. Other candidates propose retaining private insurance and expanding coverage with a public option, such as the widely pilloried “Medicare for All Who Want It” proposal introduced by former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

    Adam Gaffney is the president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a single-payer advocacy organization. In response to Shahid’s tweet, Gaffney said late Tuesday that “a deciding factor in the outcome of the primary—and potentially in the general—could very well prove to be healthcare.”

    “Sanders was the clear favorite” among voters most concerned about healthcare, according to CNN, “garnering support from more than three in 10.” CNN also found majority support for a Medicare-for-All-style healthcare plan, reporting that “almost six in 10 New Hampshire Democratic primary voters today said they would support such a government plan.”

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